By Steve Keenan
Facing rival Oak Hill for the second time in less than a week, the Fayetteville girls didn’t desire a repeat of the first encounter.
In that contest last Wednesday, a cold-shooting Fayetteville squad was forced to rally before eventually slipping by the Red Devils 53-47 in overtime.
This time, the Pirates were a little more efficient and took care of matters in regulation time, racing to a 12-0 lead en route to posting a 59-40 final verdict Monday at the Fayette County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building.
“This time we started in more of an aggressive mode,” said Fayetteville coach John Mark Kincaid. “(Last week) we shot poorly and couldn’t get in our pressure defense.
“We played better for four quarters tonight.”
“We didn’t play any ball; we just didn’t execute,” said Oak Hill coach Marshall Murray. “We weren’t boxing out, and we had 10 turnovers on the fast break that cost us early.
“Our reactions are so terrible.”
Oak Hill starting guards Alyssa Barron and Savannah Keffer were hampered by foul trouble all evening before eventually fouling out. “The referees were calling it tight, and we really need to adjust to how the refs are calling the game. We still need to do a better job of staying out of foul trouble,” said Murray.
The Red Devils’ leading scorer, Kaitlyn Goodman, finished with 14 points, but her court time was limited in the second half due to an injury.
Despite all that, the Red Devils hung tough, trimming a 17-point deficit to 10, with Sarah Kessler’s putback making it 33-23 with 2:27 left in the third period.
The Pirates were up to the challenge, though. Kaitlyn Sisler scored a two-pointer, Maddie Pritt converted a putback, and Avina Sedlock took an assist from Kendall Malay and finished off a fast break, the latter capping a 6-0 run that handed the Pirates a 39-23 spread with a quarter remaining.
Malay, a freshman, finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Fayetteville attack. She tallied nine straight points in her team’s early 12-0 spurt.
Pritt added 13 points and Sisler chipped in 10.
Kessler’s nine points supported Goodman’s 14 for the Red Devils (5-11).
“Other girls came in and hustled,” said Murray, pointing specifically to Kessler and Destini Davis (five points).
Kincaid was glad he was able to shuffle several players in and out of the lineup as the game progressed.
“We’re trying to play a lot of players to get ready for sectionals,” he said. “I thought we played okay.”
Fayetteville coasted to a 31-12 victory in the junior varsity game.
Rachel Mankins led the Pirates with eight points. Also in the scoring column were: Brandi Richmond, 6; Hannah Franklin, 5; Emily Reeves, 4; Jordan Lawhorn, 4; and Faith Norris, 4.
Cydney Thomas scored 10 for the Red Devils, and teammate Brianna Ovalle netted two.
Fayetteville (10-5) visits Midland Trail tonight.
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Oak Hill (5-11)
Alyssa Barron 0 1-2 1, Savannah Keffer 0 1-4 1, Caelea Teel 1 2-4 4, Madison Lilly 0 1-4 1, Kaitlyn Goodman 7 0-2 14, Destini Davis 1 3-8 5, Sarah Kessler 4 1-8 9, Cydney Thomas 1 0-0 3, Teyaka Farrow 0 2-2 2. Totals: 14 11-34 40.
Maddie Pritt 6 1-2 13, Avina Sedlock 2 0-0 4, Kathryn Peelish 3 0-0 6, Kendall Malay 7 5-10 19, Kaitlyn Sisler 2 6-6 10, Hannah Samples 2 0-0 4, Faith Norris 1 0-0 2, Emily Reeves 0 0-2 0, Jordan Lawhorn 0 1-2 1. Totals: 23 13-22 59.
OH 3 10 10 17 — 40
F 12 15 12 20 — 59
3-point goals -- OH: 1 (Thomas); F: none. Fouled out: Sedlock (F); Keffer, Barron (OH).